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December 7, 2021

Barclay Damon's NYC Office Lands Top Medicaid Fraud Prosecutor Chris Shaw

December 7, 2021—Barclay Damon announces Chris Shaw, partner, has joined Barclay Damon’s rapidly expanding Health Care Controversies Team. He is also a member of the firm’s White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Area and Health & Human Services Providers Team. For nearly a decade, Shaw, a top prosecutor of Medicaid fraud cases, was the regional director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) within the Office of the Attorney General, State of New York. His primary office location is New York City.

Shaw has nearly two decades of experience coordinating the investigation and prosecution of entities and individuals who have committed health care fraud and other criminal offenses, including pharmacies, substance use disorder treatment programs, managed care organizations, and transportation companies. He has also investigated standard of care violations, including those related to COVID-19, within New York City nursing homes. Shaw has worked closely with numerous government agencies, including the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and local district attorneys’ offices. 

In 2018, Shaw received the New York State Office of the Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz Award for Prosecutorial Excellence for his work leading the multiagency team that investigated and successfully prosecuted a criminal enterprise that systematically defrauded the NYS Medicaid program through its operation of three-quarter housing and substance use disorder treatment programs. 

Prior to working with the MFCU, Shaw spent 19 years working with the Office of the District Attorney of Westchester County, New York, where he investigated and prosecuted financial crimes, including grand larceny, insurance fraud, money laundering, forgery, identity theft, and tax crimes. During his time in this role, Shaw led the prosecution team that investigated and successfully prosecuted Elm Street Medical, a criminal enterprise specializing in no-fault insurance fraud. While with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Shaw also successfully prosecuted violent felony offenders and defended convictions on appeal, including before the New York State Court of Appeals.

“My experience investigating and prosecuting entities for various types of health care fraud and other financial crimes lends itself perfectly to working with Barclay Damon’s Health Care Controversies and Health & Human Services Providers Teams and White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Area,” said Shaw. “I particularly look forward to helping clients of all types, including pharmacies and health care providers, navigate, if not avoid, being the subject of the types of investigations I conducted in my previous role with the MFCU.” 

Shaw added, “I’m thrilled to be joining Barclay Damon’s ever-growing New York City office. Barclay Damon’s bench of attorneys is impressive, and I am heartened to have access to such a wealth of knowledge and experience. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues across Barclay Damon’s many practice areas and industry teams.”

Connie Cahill, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “Barclay Damon’s Health Care Practice Group has been strategically adding experienced attorneys in an effort to grow its capabilities and offerings to clients. Adding Chris is a huge accomplishment for the firm, and we’re lucky to have an attorney of his caliber on our team.” 

Linda Clark, leader of the firm’s Health Care Controversies Team, said, “The depth and breadth of Chris’s experience is a feather in the cap of not only Barclay Damon’s Health Care Practice Group but the firm as a whole. Chris’s knowledge will add to the growth and depth of the firm’s health care and litigation practice and further provide the Health Care Controversies and Health & Human Services Providers Teams the edge to continue expanding our recruiting efforts as well as going head-to-head with our direct competitors.”

Lizz Acee, managing director of the firm’s major markets offices, including its New York City office, said, “Chris’s experience will be of immeasurable benefit to a wide range of Barclay Damon’s clients, especially those along the firm’s New York City–Boston–Connecticut corridor and beyond. His knowledge of health care law and understanding of the criminal justice system as well as his acumen for managing teams of people will no doubt have a positive impact on the groups he’s joining at the firm.”

Shaw added, “It’s exciting to be joining a firm that is so strongly focused on strategic growth, especially in its New York City and other major-market offices. I’m looking forward to meeting my colleagues and their clients in each of the firm’s offices throughout the coming months.” 

Barclay Damon attorneys team across offices and practices to provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses. With nearly 300 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto. For more information, visit our award-winning website at


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